Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Features

Xavier University and Saint Louis University (SLU) have partnered to offer an innovative Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program at Xavier's campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. This online, on-campus hybrid model program prepares students in the Jesuit tradition to be advanced practitioners of social work. Approximately 60 percent of classes are taught online by SLU faculty. The remainder of the courses are taught on campus at Xavier University, including research courses, practicum planning and seminar courses.

Students earn a degree from SLU, a nationally and globally-recognized leader in social work education. SLU's Master of Social Work program is ranked in the top 20 percent of programs by U.S. News & World Report

Program Options

Advanced Standing | Students in the advanced program can earn their MSW degree in 12 months. Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program can complete the MSW program with 39 credit hours. To be eligible, students must have earned a B or higher in predetermined undergraduate social work courses. Partial advanced standing may be an option if students do not fit these criteria.

 Foundation | Foundation students can earn their MSW degree in two years. Students who are not eligible for advanced standing, including those who have an undergraduate degree in any major, can complete the program with 48 credit hours.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the program must meet the following admission requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • 24 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • Online Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Resumé.
  • Professional statement (Professional Guidelines for Writing your Statement.)
  • Two confidential reference letters (one academic and one professional. No personal references accepted).
  • Unofficial transcripts from every institution where coursework has been taken and applied toward the undergraduate degree. Official transcripts can be sent to the Saint Louis University Graduate Admissions office upon acceptance.

All students are automatically considered for scholarships through Saint Louis University.

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You will be transferred to the Saint Louis University online application, which will collect your education history and ask for your professional statement and resume. 

Tuition Information

Tuition and fees are paid directly to Saint Louis University.

To view the tuition cost and breakdown in more detail, please go to the SLU Graduate Cost Simulator.

100% of new graduate students in 2023 will receive scholarship support thanks to SLU's generous alumni and benefactors. Also, they offer a packaged price where there are no additional fees, and your tuition is locked in for the duration of the program. You may also qualify for federal graduate student loans and apply for assistantship and fellowship opportunities.

Plus, incoming students receive one semester of a paid practicum experience while fulfilling your course requirements.

The new flat-rate tuition pricing for Clinical and Community & Organization concentrations is:

  • $48,000 for those who have an undergraduate degree in something other than Social Work (Foundational MSW);
  • $30,000 for those who have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program and earned a B or better in their social work courses. (Advanced Standing).

Sample Curriculum

The MSW program is highly flexible and tailored to different types of social work. Students can choose to specialize in either the clinical track or the community and organization track.

Clinical Concentration: Prepares students for advanced clinical practice serving children, youth, adults and families. This concentration assumes a holistic view that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological and spiritual dimensions of clinical social work practice.

Community and Organization Concentration: Prepares students for advanced practice focusing on social problems and societal change at the community and organizational levels.

Courses can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may apply at any time.

Courses with an asterisk are on campus at Xavier.


Advanced Standing, Part-time, 2 years

Fall I (6 hours)

  • 5734 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
  • 5784* – Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)

Spring I (9 hours)

  • 5707 – Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
  • 5762* – Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
  • Elective

Summer I (6 hours)

  • 5700* – Values and Ethics (3-credits)
  • Elective

Fall II (6 hours)

  • Two electives

Spring II (6 hours)

  • 5733 – Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
  • 5820* – Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5842* – Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)

Summer II (6 hours)

  • 5843* – Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)
  • Elective

Advanced Standing, Full-time, 1 year

Fall (12 hours)

  • 5734 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
  • 5784* – Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)
  • Two electives (6-credits)

Spring (15 hours)

  • 5707 – Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
  • 5733 – Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
  • 5762* – Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
  • 5820* – Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5842* – Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)
  • Elective (3-credits)

Summer (12 hours)

  • 5700* – Values and Ethics (3-credits)
  • 5843* – Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)
  • Two electives (6-credits)

Foundation Part-time, 3 years

Fall I (6 hours)

  • 5725 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3-credits)
  • 5750* – Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3-credits)

Spring I (6 hours)

  • 5751 – Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3-credits)
  • 5787* – Research for Evidence-Informed Research Practice (3-credits)

Summer I (6 hours)

  • 5702 – Social Policy (3-credits)
  • 5819* – Foundation Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5841* – Foundation (Generalist) Practicum (2-credits)

Fall II (6 hours)

  • 5734 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
  • 5784* – Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)

Spring II (9 hours)

  • 5707 – Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
  • 5762* – Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
  • Elective (3-credits)

Summer II (6 hours)

  • 5700* – Values and Ethics (3-credits)
  • Elective (3-credits)

Fall III (6 hours)

  • Two electives (6-credits)

Spring III (6 hours)

  • 5733 – Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
  • 5820 – Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5842 – Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)

Summer III (6 hours)

  • 5843 – Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)
  • Elective (3-credits)

Foundation Full-time, 48 credit hours, 2 years

Fall I (6 hours)

  • 5725 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3-credits)
  • 5750* – Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3-credits)

Spring I (9 hours)

  • 5702 – Social Policy (3-credits)
  • 5751 – Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3-credits)
  • 5787* – Research for Evidence-Informed Research Practice (3-credits)

Summer I (6 hours)

  • 5707 – Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
  • 5819* – Foundation Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5841* – Foundation (Generalist) Practicum (2-credits)

Fall II (9 hours)

  • 5734 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
  • 5784* – Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)
  • Elective (3-credits)

Spring II (9 hours)

  • 5733 – Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
  • 5762 – Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
  • 5820* – Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit) AND
  • 5842* – Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)

Summer II (9 hours)

  • 5700* – Values and Ethics (3-credits)
  • 5843* – Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)
  • Electives (3-credits)

Sample Courses

Online Courses:

SWRK 5702 Social Policy (3-credits)
SWRK 5707 Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
SWRK 5725 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3-credits)
SWRK 5733 Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
SWRK 5734 Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
SWRK 5742 Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health (3-credits)
SWRK 5744 Substance Use Disorder Interventions (3-credits)
SWRK 5745 Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults
SWRK 5751 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3-credits)
SWRK 5755 Social Work Practice in the Health Field (3-credits)
SWRK 5772 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (3-credits)
SWRK 5786 Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness

Face-to-Face at Xavier University:

SWRK 5700 Values and Ethics (3-credits)
SWRK 5750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3-credits)
SWRK 5762 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)
SWRK 5787 Research Methods I (3-credits)
SWRK 5819 Foundation Practicum Seminar (1-credit)
SWRK 5820 Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit)
SWRK 5841 Foundation (Generalist) Practicum (2-credits)
SWRK 5842 Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)
SWRK 5843 Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

MSW Program Taught in the Jesuit Tradition

Statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola picture

SLU and Xavier are both founded on the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. While completing your degree, you'll be learning all there is to know about social work and while committing to serve humankind with compassion.


One of the Top MSW Programs in Ohio

Graduate of Xavier's Master of Social Work program

SLU offers the opportunity for students to get their MSW from a prestigious program without having to be physically present on SLU’s campus. Saint Louis University’s program is among the top 20 percent in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.


Service-Learning Opportunities for MSW Students

Student in the Master of Social work program working with a child

Xavier and SLU faculty are leaders in combining classroom activities with community-based practice. Service-learning courses are a cornerstone of the MSW degree, creating opportunities for students to learn on-site and get experience working with the community.


Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Xavier University

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."